Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230)

 
Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230) 

Our Whiskey dog runs down to Horsetooth Reservoir and fetches a stick - all captured via the GoPro camera strapped to her back with the new GoPro Fetch harness.

Whiskey pretty much comes everywhere with us. And many times, I've wanted to film our excursions from her perspective. When a few weeks ago the GoPro dog harness came out and I watched fun videos of other camera-dogs (mostly Yellow Labs, it seems), I had to try it out as soon as possible. This week, Whiskey, Scott and I tested the harness for the first time at our favorite playground: Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Two things become immediately clear: Whiskey loves running, swimming and fetching... and the GoPro camera and Fetch harness are really intended for bigger dogs. The camera lens ends up so far above the pivot point on her tiny back, that it pivots so much, one could get dizzy from watching. But I believe the joy she seems to have and the fun of watching action from her (just behind those floppy ears) perspective overwhelm the technical issues. To make it a little less jostling, I slowed down the footage a little bit.

The lighting wasn't so great either, with the sun having just disappeared behind the Foot Hills. So I had to brighten the footage up a bit, which took away a lot of the beautiful colors of our ginger dog and the wonderful scenery. I'm sure we'll soon try to get brighter daylight footage with her, and there should be an onslaught of Whiskey Business episodes to come as part of my weekly 1-minute web series Moving Postcard.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of "Learn To Fly" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Josh!

Other videos heavily featuring Whiskey aka Miss Whisk aka Whiggles aka Reservoir Dog:
Snowshoeing With Whiskey Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 198)
Poudre River Swim – In A Colorado Minute (Week 225)
(Flooded) Poudre Trail – In A Colorado Minute (Week 214)
Roadside Attractions in Fort Collins – In A Colorado Minute (Week 199)
Dancing Happy Halloween Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 183)

Of course, as an overly photographed and video recorded dog, she also has her own tumblr: Shots of Whiskey

In the next few days, I'll also be uploading a video from my perspective of Miss Whisk swimming with the camera on her back on my LuciWest YouTube channel. Will link to it here then.

Whiskey dog swimming towards us at Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness

Whiskey Dog leaps towards Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness